I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Sheffield Omnibus Atlantean CPO 345W

Often Independents buy second-hand buses and then like the livery so much they adopt it as their own. I think this must have happened at Sheffield Omnibus where they must have bought some Atlanteans off Preston who wore this livery. However even though it looks like one of those buses East-Lancs bodied Atlantean came from Portsmouth who used the former Municipal maroon and white. Sheffield Omnibus was always smart and I like the subtle graphics which always add a bit of class or look of quality.


Ross said...

I always felt that Sheffield Omnibus managed to look far more like the incumbent former-municipal operator than the genuine former-municipal PTC did, as here.
If either bus looks like it's being run by a brash upstart, it's the National in that bright yellow!

christopher said...

Some of the Independents knew how it should be done whilst the incumbent large operators tried to show off their size with more playful popularist liveries which just made them look ripe for a take-over.

Ross said...

I think the other problem was that some of the incumbents made the mistake of trying to make themselves appear new, hip and with-it by mimicking the bright brashness of the 80s yoof culture, but the eternal problem is that middle-aged blokes (such as me today!) simply don't understand that yoof culture and will always, but always, get it wrong, which makes their attempts to mimic it fall flat.

It was the simple adjustments which worked best for me: WMT changing WMPTE's cream for silver looked quite classy (until they went for the cheaper grey!), for example; Midland Red West replacing NBC white with cream and switching to 50/50 proportions was simple,
classy, and perhaps even classic (although doing the same 50/50 with the yellow on their Midland Express coaches just didn't work) and perhaps Lincoln's swapping the green base for white and using simple green stripes which kept the link with Lincoln's traditional colours. Modern, but not brash.